REPORT | 19/05/2019 | Edu Bueno (Vitoria) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor CarreteroReal Madrid beat Mega Bemax Belgrade in the final of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Vitoria. Nakic, 41 PIR & Sylla, 40.
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After a great first quarter with Nakic (10 points) and Langovic (7) being vital for Real Madrid and Mega Bemax Belgrade respectively (20-20, minute 10), the Serbian team struggled in the next 10 minutes to follow the rhythm set by Mariano de Pablos’ side, who were organised in defense and played a lethal counterattack to make it 30-13 in the quarter. Nakic sank 11 more points after his earlier 21 and Garuba netted another 9 to go +17 at halftime, making it 33-50.
Nakic and Sylla, the key men
Belgrade looked sharper at the start of the second half. Brekic and Kljajevic were outstanding on the three and cut to Madrid’s lead to 11 points on 28 '(53-64). The Whites battled yet again thanks to great play from Sylla (with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds) and they went 8-2 to restore the +17 lead at the close of the third quarter (55-72). The Whites kept their lead until the final whistle, rounding off an exceptional tournament (76-95, min 40).